The Roy McDonald/KathyMarchione absentee ballot count gets going today
|MCDONALD and MARCHIONE during better days|
At last count, after McDonald picked up 16 votes during a re-canvass of the machines in Saratoga County, Marchione is up by 106 votes with nearly 1,000 absentees out there yet to be counted. I’ve covered my share of these and I just don’t see it happening for McDonald as the absentee vote tends to break the same as the machines. While operatives on both sides did work their respective absentee ballot operations hard, they also worked the “get our people to the polls” operation hard so my guess is it’s a wash.
Regardless of how the absentee ballots break both candidates will still be on the ballot in November — McDonald on the Independence Party line and Marchione on the Conservative — unless they die, move out of state or become a judge. Since none of the above is plausible in the near future, considering the money they just spent on their respective campaigns, Democratic candidate Robin Andrews, the supervisor in the Columbia County town of Claverack, will benefit whether they actively campaign or not.
Meanwhile again, longtime Republican operative Brendan Quinn and former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney are now with the Marchione camp. I don’t know Quinn well but certainly know the name and Sweeney’s story is the thing legends are made of. President George Bush gave him the nickname “Congressman Kickass” during the infamous Florida re-count in 2000.
It will be interesting to see if Sweeney stays on should Marchione keep her lead through the absentee count. It’s Interesting because one of Marchione’s key guys is Dan Casale, son to former Assemblyman Pat Casale, and as her Rensselaer County coordinator is one of the reasons she amazingly won this where McDonald was born and raised.
As I mentioned Monday, the elder Casale doesn’t much like McDonald - but he likes Sweeney even less.
James V. Franco can be reached at 478-5343